Austin Durastone figurine


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Q: I was given this figurine of a little boy reading a book with his dog is beside him. He looks to be a bronze but seems to be very lightweight for a bronze figurine. He is marked “Austin Prod. Inc. and measures about 6.5” long and 4.5” tall. Is there anything you can tell me about him?

A: Austin Productions was an American company that created a very large inventory of decorative figurines and garden statuary. I have not been able to find reliable and accurate information on Austin Productions Inc. but it seems that they were in operation from around the late 1960s to the mid-1980s.

Several methods were used to create the decorative figurines; Durastone, polyresin, bronze over plaster, bronze with a polyester resin mixture and aluminum. The limited edition figures are from the “Icarus” line and these were the most expensive they were crafted using the lost wax method of bronze casting.

Austin Productions was a very prolific company that employed artists who created items just for the company but also made replicas of well-known sculptors. Most items are signed by the artist and also note the year of production. The limited edition pieces are numbered.

Prices vary widely on the secondary market with most of the value being based on the quality of execution of the piece as well as decorative appeal and desirability. The limited edition lost wax figures often command higher prices.

Based on the description of your “Bookworm” figurine he is most likely made of Durastone and would sell for $30-$40.

note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half or less of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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